The children’s coloring book Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/
Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala presents drawings of Maya artisans with captions and introductory text for parents, teachers and children. Coloring book cover (in red) can be seen above.
The coloring book includes 30 detailed drawings. Text and captions accompanying each drawing deal with issues such as tradition, creativity, self sufficiency and ecology.
Learn about the role of the coloring book in PRO ARTE MAYA – the Arts and Crafts Education Pilot Project for Children in Guatemala.
Two editions of the Coloring Book are available:
English/Spanish Bilingual Edition
Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala
30 pages: detailed drawings with captions. Introductory text for parents, teachers and children. Text and captions deal with issues such as tradition, creativity, self sufficiency and ecology. Price: $5.95 (plus 8 percent tax for NYS residents), and $3.00 postage (25 cents per additional coloring books). How to order»
Multilingual Mayan Languages/
Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala 64 pages: with captions in eight Mayan languages and Spanish.
This version has the same drawings and text as English/Spanish edition. It is printed in Spanish and eight Mayan Languages (Achi, Kaqchikel, K’che’, Popti’, Poqomam, Q’anjob’al, Q’eqchi’, Tz’utujil)
Edición Novolingüe, 64 pp. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. $11.00 (plus 8 percent tax for NYS residents), and $3.00 postage (50 cents per additional coloring books). All proceeds of sales of this edition will be donated to the Pro Arte Maya Education Project for the next reprinting of the book. How to order»
Since 2001, the Maya/Spanish coloring book Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala has had three printings, in Guatemala. The most recent printing of 3000 copies was completed in July 2009.
The following short history comes from the back page of Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala. It lists donors, collaborators and describes the project to produce, reprint and use the book.
“Scholars, teachers, artists and others have long believed that the arts and crafts of Guatemala constitute a vital cultural treasure — some say one of her most valuable. To help pass on knowledge and appreciation of them, ten years ago, members Virginia Ajxup Pelíco, Juan Zapil Xivir of the Consejo de Escuelas Mayas Jun Ajpu Ixb’alamke and artist Marilyn Anderson first shared their ideas for production of an educational coloring book for children about the arts and crafts traditions of Guatemala. The first edition in 2001 of Artes Y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala appeared with drawings and text by Anderson and with Dr. Fernando Peñalosa’s vital work as editor and designer. The work of the translators from Spanish to the Mayan language texts were crucial to the aims of the book.”
Two Teacher’s & Parent’s Guides are available online using the Maya Arts and Crafts of Guatemala/Artes y Artesanías Mayas de Guatemala coloring book: